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Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Anthony Guzzi, Jun 3, 2011.

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  1. I rent a room in a house, and this room has a ceiling fan, and this fan
    has 2 light sockets.

    There were 2 incandescent bulbs in there. I have just replaced them
    with CF bulbs, which died a short time later. The first set of bulbs
    flickered, got hot, and buzzed, smelled, and then just stopped working.
    I bought another set of replacement bulbs, and when I first put them
    in, they buzzed, but have stopped buzzing. Now the ballast portion gets
    hot and the bulb is flickering very intermittently.

    Is it normal that the ballast portion get hot?

    Could there be something wrong with the fixture?

    thanks
     
  2. Tom Biasi

    Tom Biasi Guest

    "Anthony Guzzi" wrote in message

    I rent a room in a house, and this room has a ceiling fan, and this fan
    has 2 light sockets.

    There were 2 incandescent bulbs in there. I have just replaced them
    with CF bulbs, which died a short time later. The first set of bulbs
    flickered, got hot, and buzzed, smelled, and then just stopped working.
    I bought another set of replacement bulbs, and when I first put them
    in, they buzzed, but have stopped buzzing. Now the ballast portion gets
    hot and the bulb is flickering very intermittently.

    Is it normal that the ballast portion get hot?

    Could there be something wrong with the fixture?

    thanks

    Are the bulbs on a dimmer control?

    Tom
     

  3. No, they aren't.
     

  4. As far as I know, they do not help start the fan motor. The Fan works
    perfectly if the bulbs are removed.

    I do not have the original bulbs that came with the unit, they are long
    gone. The bulbs that I removed are replacements too. My roomate bought
    the fan years ago, and it's just an ordinary fan from The Home Depot.

    It does have a remote control. It turns the fan on 1 of 3 levels, and 1
    setting for the light. On or Off.
     
  5. Tom Biasi

    Tom Biasi Guest

    "Anthony Guzzi" wrote in message


    No, they aren't.

    In all cases that I have encountered like yours the lamps are just lamps.
    They are powered by line current, switched at the fan sometimes, or powered
    by a dimmer circuit.
    If there is no dimmer then the CF lamps should work as any lamp.
    I can't answer your scenario.
    I would need more info.

    Tom
     
  6. Stephen B.

    Stephen B. Guest

    "Anthony Guzzi" wrote
    What orientation are the bulbs? I think I remember that some bulbs do
    not like being sideways or upside down.

    Is the fan well balanced?
     

  7. The bulbs are sideways.

    Yes, like me, the fan is well balanced. :)
     

  8. Ok, in what way does it interfere? I'm looking for technical details.

    There is NO dimmer.

    The bulbs always have been and are always as tight as they will go.
    It would be idiotic of me to do otherwise.



    Update: One of the bulbs has failed.
     
  9. Rich.

    Rich. Guest

    You didn't mention the wattage of the CFLs you're using, but you could try
    lower wattage ones which will produce less heat.

    1. Low budget CFL bulbs cannot take the vibration from a paddle fan.
    2. I suspect heat is a major contributing factor.
     


  10. The bulbs are GE Reveal Bulbs. Last time I checked, GE is not foreign.
     

  11. Unfortunatly, they are not low budget bulbs, but real GE bulbs of
    strange color spectrum, kinda expensive.

    Yes, that thought had occurred to me also. They are 26W CF Bulbs.
    (Equivalent to 100 W incandescent bulbs)

    But if I put in 60 W equivilant bulbs in, yes, it will be less bright,
    but then only using whatever low amount 16 W, so how can they be less
    hot than a real incandescent 60 W bulb.
     

  12. I don't know how far I'm willing to go yet. Personally, I'm happy with
    incandescent bulbs, but my roommate who is an energy saving freak, wants
    me to use the CF bulbs.

    I'm interested in the paradox though, I'm having a little trouble seeing
    how it is a paradox.
     
  13. Rich.

    Rich. Guest

    The 16W CFL lamps will create less heat than the 26W ones. The incandescent
    bulbs are irrelevant because they're not the ones burning out.
     
  14. Rich.

    Rich. Guest

    So ask him how must he's saving by replacing these expensive CFLs
    constantly. The repeated cost of the CFLs has already surpassed any energy
    saving.
     
  15. Rich.

    Rich. Guest

    Err. how MUCH he's saving...
     
  16. Thank you both for hijacking my thread for your petty arguments.



    Arguing on the internet is like winning the Special Olympics. Even if
    you win, you're still retarded.
     
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